Outpouring of support for police
WARWICK police say while they are saddened by the death of a fellow policeman, they have been greatly encouraged by the sign of local support.
Gold Coast policeman Senior Constable Damian Leeding died on Wednesday as a result of injuries after being shot while on duty.
Flags across Warwick are being flown at half-mast and blue ribbons are being across town as a mark of respect.
Warwick police officer in charge Senior Sergeant Stewart Day said he was very humbled to see such an “outpouring of community support” for Snr Cnst Leeding.
“People have been coming into the station and picking up and wearing the blue ribbons as a sign of respect,” he said.
“Such support is always particularly prevalent when an officer is seriously injured or killed.”
Snr Sgt Day said he was also grateful to see so many Warwick residents show their appreciation to local police officers.
“It’s very reassuring for local police to know they have community support, and we’ll continue to serve the public to the best of our ability,” he said.
“This is a particularly sad time for the entire policing family. All police know there are risks associated in performing our duties, however the challenge faces us on a daily basis and that’s what (we’re prepared to do).”
A limited number of blue ribbons will be available for purchase until Snr Const Leeding’s funeral on Tuesday.
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